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Day 1 TMC's day at NAIA nationals highlighted by 10K

Posted: May 23, 2013 9:37 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2013 9:37 p.m.
 


In his first crack at a national championship this spring, The Master’s College senior John Gilbertson came up a few seconds short.


Gilbertson took third place in the 10,000-meter final on the opening day of the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday in Marion, Ind.


His time of 30 minutes, 25.89 seconds was less than 30 seconds slower than Spring Arbor’s Nathan Martin, who won the title.


This was Gilbertson’s first time competing in the 10,000 at the NAIA championships. He’ll get one more chance at a national title today when he races in the 5,000 prelim. If he qualifies, the final will follow on Saturday.
Gilbertson, who owns the TMC record in nearly every distance event, has competed in the 5,000 in each of the last two NAIA championships. His best finish was 11th in 2011.


Also on Thursday, TMC freshman and Saugus High graduate Karis Frankian finished fourth in the women’s 10,000 final with a school-record time of 36:26.04.


Her teammate Katrina Graham took 20th in the same race in 39:45.34.


Frankian will also get another chance to race today in the 5,000 prelim.


Four other TMC athletes also took part in various prelims on Thursday.


Junior Hannah Kellerman qualified for the 1,500 final with a prelim time of 4:44.85. She had the fourth-best time among 12 qualifiers, who will compete in the Saturday’s final.


Fellow TMC junior Ayla Draper also moved on in the 400 hurdles with her mark of 1:03.97, which pushed her on to Saturday’s final as the No. 8 qualifier.


Draper will also take part in the 100 hurdles prelim today.


Also competing on Thursday for TMC was junior Matthew Crichton, whose 18th-place time of 4:04.55 in the 1,500 didn’t qualify for the final.


Teammate David Eller also failed to qualify after running the 3,000 steeplechase in 9:46.08 for 10th place in his heat.

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